Panama Canal: Fresh draught restriction announced


The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced another draught restriction due to drought caused by El Niño.

Effective 29 April the maximum authorised transit draught will be set at 11.74 m (38.5 ft) tropical fresh water.

Vessels loaded to draughts over 11.74 m (38.5 ft) on or before April 1, 2016, will have this draught restriction waived for transit, subject to safety considerations. Vessels loaded after 1 April 2016 will have to comply with the draught restriction. Draught restrictions will be implemented in 15 cm (six-inch) decrements at a time, with each restriction announced at least four weeks in advance.

The Panama Canal will eliminate these draught restrictions as soon as Gatun Lake level returns to normal.



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